So, John and I went to see the live action Black Butler at the weekend. Do I have an awesome husband or what? The nearest cinema to us where it was on was over 50 miles away and John still took me :) It was after midnight by the time we got home.
Now for the film - it's in a slightly futuristic setting where tensions are rising between the Eastern and Western Nations. Sebastian is still a demon, but he's now working for a descendant of the Phantomhive family, who have changed their name to Genpo. In the Genpo family only a male heir can inherit anything, the family title, the businesses etc., so after her parents death and making a deal with Sebastian, she pretends to be a boy to inherit the family's estate and pretends to be her father's illegitimate son. DNA tests were carried out to see she was actually related (I suppose we are meant to handwave away the fact that DNA tests can tell whether you are male for female? LOL!)
So anyway, most of the film she was dressed as a boy and was known as a boy and acted like a boy, so it still seemed fairly slashable to me. The costumes were gorgeous and it seemed very slick and professional. John liked it too, but he said, you could tell it wasn't an ordinary film, that it was based on an anime or manga - must be those frilly shirts, top hats and high-heeled boots ;)
The film story is mainly investigative as they are trying to find out who is murdering diplomats, who all turn up mummified. John's even considering watching the anime, as I said it's not really romance, it's more about them solving mysteries. There were some lovely scenes between Sebastian and his master (mistress, LOL), one of her being carried in his arms (swoon!) and a lot of "As you wish." And at the end, Sebastian said something like "I will be here with you forever, for as long as you need me." Can't quite remember the line but it was lovely.
The cinema screen had about 300 seats, but John and I were the only two there! So we had our own private screening ;) I liked it, both because it was based on Black Butler, and also it seemed good as a film in its own right.